Waldo County ousted from state 11-12 tournamentYoung local athletes finish with solid 3-2 record
Bar Harbor — Waldo County experienced an impressive run in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old baseball tournament; however, that journey came to an end in Bar Harbor July 24 at the hands of Dirigo.
The local squad finished third in the state as it was nipped 11-10 Tuesday, as Dirigo advanced to the championship round, where it faced Scarborough July 25 for the state title.
Wednesday's final was a rematch of last year's 10-11 final, which saw Scarborough defeat Dirigo 11-1 in five innings. Scarborough also won the 9-10 baseball crown in 2010.
Against Dirigo, Waldo County (3-2) fell behind 11-4 in the first two innings and rallied to within one run, but could not complete the comeback.
Leading Waldo County at the plate were Dean Grass (double, single, 2 runs), Colby Furrow (single, RBI, 2 runs), Liam Cail (single, RBI, 2 runs), Emmett Shell (RBI), Joey Danna (double, 2 RBIs), Connor Kneeland (single, RBI), Kenny Brewer-Frazee (run), Liam MacMillan (double, single, RBI, run), Ben Powell (single, run) and Chris Evans (single, RBI, run).
For Dirigo, Nate Howard (run), John Henry (run), Jake Hendsbee (home run, double, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Cody Taylor (single, 2 runs), Dylan Presby (double, single, RBI, 2 runs), Derek Dyer (single, run), Jake Lamereau (single) and Dakota Stoops (grand slam, single, 5 RBIs, run) paced the offense.
Waldo County pitchers Grass, Kneeland and Shell combined to allow nine hits and five walks, with seven strikeouts. Six of the seven strikeouts were recorded by Shell, who allowed no runs on the hill over the final four innings.
Dyer, Taylor and Presby pitched for Dirigo, combining to allow 10 hits and seven walks, with two strikeouts.
Waldo County scored six runs in the third inning behind five hits and three walks, as it brought 11 batters to the plate in the frame.
Dirigo scored seven runs in the first inning to distance themselves from Waldo County.
Previously in the state tournament, Waldo County, the District 2 champion, beat East Biddeford 6-1, Hermon 3-2 and Coastal 4-0, and lost to Scarborough 4-2.
Team members for Waldo County include Brewer-Frazee, Cail, Danna, Furrow, Eric Gower, Grass, Kneeland, MacMillan, Powell, Shell and Evans. The team is managed by Monica Furrow and coached by Wally Furrow and Otis Kneeland.
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